Petrea Burchard

About me

Petrea Burchard began her acting career on the Chicago stage, later moving to Los Angeles to work in television, film and voice-over. She’s known as the original English voice of Ryoko, the sexy space pirate in the anime classic, Tenchi Muyo!.

Auditions, jobs and the people she met in Hollywood (famous and infamous) became fodder for her popular Act As If humor column at She also drew on her acting experience to write her first novel. During a summer Shakespeare course at Oxford, she fell in love with the English countryside and the idea for Camelot & Vine began to take shape.

Other published works include articles, short fiction and essays. Petrea lives with her husband in southern California.

From my website

Act As If

Act As If: Stumbling Through Hollywood with Headshot in Hand is now a book! Based on my long-running column for, which is itself based on my 30-year acting career, this is the book for the actor in your life, aspiring or pro. Some blurbs: "…all graduating MFA students who want…

The Altadena Farmers' Market Challenge

The challenge: to feed a family of four using only $25 at the Altadena Farmers' Market. Since we're a family of two, I thought, "no problem!" Not only was it not a problem, it was a pleasure to find good things to eat at the Market—enough to make us a…

Girl Friday Book Club at Kidd's Jewelry Heist

Best event ever! I was invited to speak about Camelot & Vine with the Girl Friday Book Club. I knew it was going to be fun when I walked into Kidd's Jewelry Heist and saw this display. Girl Friday Personal Assistant Services is just what it sounds like: a small,…

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